War is violent, cruel, and destructive. Its supposed to be. Thats kind of the point. Thats also why you try to avoid going to war in the first place. War crimes happen in every war on both sides, both real and virtual. Its just that the losers are held accountable for their crimes in order to show how the winner was justified in doing what they did. The people who play the video games know the difference between fantasy and reality. Thats why they are playing the game and not shooting up the neighborhood. The Red Cross are the ones who dont know the difference, They are just trying to rule the fantasy world because they are afraid of getting caught in the crossfire of the real world. They also know that, in the real world, they arent really making a differance in stopping war crimes. If people see that they arent making a differance, then they might wonder why they are giving them money.
"Good on those artists who are making more $. As a songwriter, I get zip when my stuff is infringed, I don't do shows, press my own CD's or sell T shirts"
Just for a bit of reality for you.
Anyone can put words together. It doesnt mean anyone else wants to repeat them.
Anyone can put musical notes together. it doesnt mean anyone else wants to hear them.
Anyone can make noise with their throats. It doesnt mean anyone else finds them pleasurable.
Anyone can move around. it doesnt mean anyone else wants to see them.
Anyone can put all these together. it doesnt mean anyone else will give them money to do so.
As a songwriter you are infringing. Many people use the same words you do and in the same order. Not everyone gets paid for it. If someone gives you money for putting certain words together good for you and you should feel grateful. Not demanding continuous payment for life and ban anyone else from using them. If everyone did this we wouldnt have LANGUAGE.
"By the way, these are freaking talented people who got into music for the love of it, to maybe make a living, not a killing,"
Talent is a perception. not a definitive fact. Not everyone is guaranteed to be able to make a living off of it let alone get rich. Just like not every songwriter can or will write a "hit song" and not every singer can or will be a "star". Also , one "star" having one "hit song" doesnt mean they never have to do anything ever again in order to "make a living". If doing what you think you do best doesnt make you enough money to live on then you should find something to do that will and stop whining about the people who dont think what you do is good enough to pay you their money.
From their own non-factual numbers;
The "costs" from piracy are $60 million (actually less)
Add another $60 million (actually more) for the MPAA to fight piracy.
Thats $120 million.
They could easily cut those costs in half.
Just eliminate the MPAA!!
Save $60 million plus.
It seems its costing more to fight piracy than what they claim they are actually losing from it.
Before I answer in less than 25 words let me explain a few things first. With your vehemently defending the proposals and the industries, it seems as though you are either part of the existing industry or a "wanna be". With that said, when I say "you" I mean the industry. The thing to keep in mind is that nobody cares about you, your profits, salary, or your company. "Artists" will still be making content after your gone. Forcing the public to support an 80+ year old business concept (recording content for sale) with 30+ year old technology (disk shaped plastic medium) is totally illogical when newer and cheaper forms exist. Business models come and go. Companies come and go. Their leaders come and go. But the content is always there, and always will be. No one owes you a living and like I said, no one gives a damn. So if the people are embracing and demanding the new technologies but you dont know how to make money off of it, then thats your problem. ITS NOT OUR JOB TO FIGURE IT OUT FOR YOU!!! You are the real problem, not piracy.
With that said here is your less than 25 word answer.
The better business models are those that dont include YOU.
Mind you this is my own personal opinion and not necessarily that of Mike or Techdirt.
I will assume by "stake holders" you mean "corporate shareholders". On that assumption I urge you to use a new tool called google and do a search of the term "Occupy Wall Street". If the shareholders are not demanding that the labels conform to the demands of their customers and the market, then thats their problem. If those shareholders fail to see a return on their investment and lose all their money, well too bad for them. I, at least, couldnt care any less!!!
"When the Internet was new, its nature bred the protective philosophy of embracing anonymity as a counterweight to the potential for sacrificing some of your personal privacy to participate."
I think she also forgot that newspapers, magazines. ect (used to) do the exact same thing with "letter to the editor" and even articals (sources). People used anonymity to complain about, inform others of, or just comment on local issues and didnt want the backlash from the ones deemed at fault or their supporters.
The internet didnt "breed" this. Its been around longer than she has. Her starting off her article with this intellectually dishonest statement just shows how the entire article should be disregarded as a culmination of false statements. It also shows how she has absolutely no credibility as an "editorial" writer. The people in charge should also be scrutinized for their allowing such "editorials" to be published under their name. Their allowing this brings into question their credibility to convey "truth in reporting".
So with this in mind My opinion is, why bother reading anything she writes and more importantly, anything published by The Washington Times.
"So what? This is its prerogative. Don't like it? Take your business elsewhere."
And thats the decision that the customers (and investors) are making. If it was no big deal to Hastings, as implied by your "so what?" comment, then he wouldn't be making this pathetic "apology" to the remaining customers. I would hope that your not as clueless as you seem by implying that you dont need customers in order to have a business.
When I first heard about the "apology" letter I had hopes that they got the message from all the consumer backlash. That was short lived after reading the actual letter. Thanks Mike for posting the link. While Hastings seems to get the point that they did something wrong, He still doesnt comprehend what they actually did that everyone is complaining about.
!!!ITS THE PRICING STUPID!!!
No one really cares that you didnt tell them about the price hike BEFORE you did it. They care that you HIKED THE PRICES.
This "apology" letter just shows his continued ignorance and wont fix this. Using this as an opportunity to announce more anti-customer actions is just insulting. Splitting the company in two might be good for the company (or future companies), but its not good for the customer. Customers want convenience and low prices. Failure to recognize this will result in the failure of both companies, divisions ,subsidiaries, whatever.
The price increasing may be due to the studios, but the latest move is all theirs. Not inter-linking accounts and/or websites is only going to result in even more backlash.
But the point is the same. They are just as guilty as the Government for violating the 4 amendment. What is supposed to happen is when congress passes a law it is subject to judicial review and up to the Supreme Court to establish its constitutionality. What they are attempting is to circumvent the constitution itself on checks and balances. By not letting these cases go to trial and they are avoiding the Supreme Court and the constitutional question. All this under the guise of national security.
One thing that you may not realize is that by the telcos NOT refusing to do it, they then become complicit in the illegal act. I believe (but could be wrong) that in are current military, if an illegal order is given, it is the persons duty to disobey it. An example could be; If an officer in the military orders the torcher or murder of innocent people, the subordinates that performed the act are then guilty of the same crimes as the one giving the order. This is how it worked for the Nuremberg trials.
Your the one being silly. You are correct that the Evans did not literally remove the original from public domain 9or the Techdirt site). But, with Evans and/or his publishers claim, they are saying if you go back and get a copy of Mikes original article, then Evans and/or his publisher can sue you for infringement;
"No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, or by any means; -- electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without permission from the original author."
If this was not the case the last word would be "authors" or "author(s)" since it is a compilation of different works.
This is the only part that Mike has a problem with as I read it, and rightfully so.
As I read it, and Mike can correct me if I'm wrong. Mike is saying that Evans (and everyone) can use, copy, reprint, and profit from the articles he writes for Techdirt without giving credit which,arguably, Evans does do, because they are in the public domain. What is not allowed is for Evans (or anyone) to claim copyright over these same articles as to not allow anyone else to do the same. This is what Attrition is claiming and seems to be substantiated with the copyright notification put forth in the publication. If this is what Evans, and/or his publishers are doing, then that is what constitutes copy-fraud and would essentially be taking the original work(s) out of the framework of public domain. This is one of the abuses of copyright and public domain that Mike writes about all the time.